How to Repair an Alienware Laptop

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How to Repair an Alienware Laptop
Keyboard issues are a common affliction for laptops. (laptop image by Angie Lingnau from Fotolia.com)

Repairing an Alienware laptop is not an easy process due to the complex, technical nature of the construction of any computer. Laptops such as those offered by Alienware have many components that can break down, including the display, keyboard and battery. However, even without prior experience or laptop expertise, you can repair your Alienware laptop with only a Phillips-head screwdriver and a few key replacement parts.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Phillips-head screwdriver

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Check the power connection for your Alienware laptop. The AC adaptor plugs into the back of the unit. Be certain the adaptor is secure. Also check the wall socket/surge protector and make sure the adaptor is plugged in snugly.

  2. 2

    Turn off the Alienware laptop and consider the battery. Laptop batteries deteriorate over time, and after 1,000 charges they may need to be replaced. Turn over the Alienware laptop and notice the battery's outline at the top centre of the back of the unit. Right below this will be the sliding battery-release mechanism. Slide it to disengage and replace the battery.

  3. 3

    Replace the Alienware laptop's keyboard if there are issues with its operation. On the centre backside of the Alienware laptop are keyboard screws, often marked with a small keyboard icon (depending on the exact model). Use a Phillips-head screwdriver to remove all of these screws.

  4. 4

    Flip the Alienware laptop over again and take out the keyboard shield, which is located directly above the actual keyboard and directly below the monitor. Use a flat object as a wedge, and stick it under the shield's ends to disengage it from the front of the Alienware laptop.

  5. 5

    Take the keyboard out slightly now that it is loose, but do not remove it entirely. You will see it is still attached to the base of the laptop via the keyboard cable, which runs from the bottom of the keyboard to a connector at the laptop's base. The connector will be locked in a horizontal, closed position. Flip it upright to disengage the cable and then remove the keyboard altogether. It can now be replaced and the pertinent screws reinserted.

  6. 6

    Check your laptop screen for problems related to monitor display. If restarting the Alienware laptop or adjusting monitor brightness settings does not alleviate a screen issue, consider full replacement. Remove the screws around the Alienware laptop screen's bezel using the Phillips-head screwdriver and then pop off the bezel, revealing the metal bracket on either side of the exposed display. Also take the screws out of these brackets.

  7. 7

    Disconnect the inverter cable, which is now exposed at the bottom centre of the display. The inverter cable runs into a connector that can be disengaged by sliding it into an upright position, not unlike the keyboard cable connector.

  8. 8

    Lift out the display gently. Now you may insert a replacement screen, reconnect the inverter cable and replace all necessary screws.

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